Everything We Know About the Newest Products at Trader Joe's
The grocery chain shared a few new products we can expect to see this month, and we are so ready. Grab your Hawaiian shirts and get to your local Trader Joe's because we've rounded up our favorite new products.
We love shopping at Trader Joe's, and the brand is always coming out with new foods and products we can't wait to try. Every month we pick our favorite new products so you know exactly what to add to your grocery list. And this season, Trader Joe's is stocking must-haves snacks and sweets. As we transition into autumn, you can expect to see seasonal favorites such as pumpkin bagels and pumpkin spice coffee returning to shelves, as well as a few new fall-themed products to satisfy your pumpkin cravings. You can pair these new products with your regular staples (like these foods we like to buy at Trader Joe's) or stock up on the newest treats ahead of your next party. We're always anxiously awaiting Trader Joe's next release because their new products are almost always winners, and October is already off to a strong, tasty start.
According to the Trader Joe's podcast episode "Here We Grow," each new product has to pass through what the store calls a "rigorous tasting panel" before making its way to the shelves, so there aren't hard and fast timelines for any new products—and they don't necessarily hit every store at the same time. We recommend checking in weekly with your local store to see if they've received the new products you have your eye on. While you're waiting for the new arrivals, pick up our favorite Trader Joe's products from 2018, and check out what a professional food reviewer says are the five things you should never buy—a few of them surprised us!
New Trader Joe's Products from October
Maple Pecan Cookie & Baking Mix
Use this cookie and baking mix to whip up all sorts of maple-pecan treats whenever someone who doesn't love pumpkin spice (it's hard to believe, but there are plenty of these folks out there) has a hankering for something sweet this fall. Thanks to Trader Joe's there's no reason they should feel left out. You can get a 16-ounce box of the maple-flavored, pecan-filled mix for $3.49 this season.
Chopped Medjool Dates
Add chopped medjool dates to your baking, salads, yogurt, or grab them by the handful and toss in your mouth for a naturally sweet snack. No matter how you eat them, it's a treat to not have to deal with chopping the sticky, pit-containing fruit yourself. These eight-ounce tubs will be sold while they last this holiday season for $4.99 in the nuts and dried fruit section of the store. The chopped dates are coated in coconut flour to keep them from sticking together, but otherwise free of any additional ingredients.
We were already pumped for soup season, but Trader Joe's gave us another reason to love this time of year. Their creamy pumpkin bisque is made with pumpkin purée, heavy cream, honey, and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg for rich fall flavor. The grocery store chain sold pumpkin soup in the past, but they gave it an upgrade with this hearty bisque. Get a 25-ounce jar for $3.99—but only for a limited time, so grab a couple of jars if pumpkin is your thing and soup season is your favorite season.
When you're considering what kind of candy to give out on Halloween, these festive-themed gummies are a fun idea kids will gobble up. A 14-ounce bag of 19-21 mini pouches, sells for $3.49, making it about 20 cents per pouch, and a deal so good it's scary. The gummies come in five ghoulish shapes and are made without gelatin or chemical dyes.
Apple Cider Jam
'Tis the season for all things apple: apple picking, apple cider recipes, caramel apples—you name it. This sweet apple cider jam is a great partner for your apple goodies or for infusing apple flavors to non-apple eats. The product description on Trader Joe's website says the jam is made with Maine and Washington apples, New England apple cider, and spices like cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. You can get a 12-ounce jar for $3.99 while it lasts.
Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ginger Brew
Create a signature fall cocktail with Pumpkin Pie Spiced Ginger Brew—or simply drink it on its own. The fizzy, non-alcoholic drink has a mulled apple cider-like base with ginger purée, pumpkin pie spices (think cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, and clove), with a bit of sugar for sweetness. Each 750-ml bottle sells for $2.99 and comes in an eye-catching swing-top glass bottle.
You'll feel like a kid again enjoying this chocolate bar that features four festive candies (one that looks like eyeballs!). The bark starts with a base of milk chocolate that's then topped with chocolate eyeballs, orange candy-coated chocolate pieces, candy corn, and pieces of chocolate Joe Joe's cookies. The combination is clearly for those with a serious sweet tooth, but apparently the "bark is worth every bite," according to the product description. The chocolate bar is available for $2.99 and will be in stores until Halloween, or while supplies last.
Mini Brie Bites
These perfectly-portioned cheese snacks are a great purchase for those days when you have a midday (or middle of the night) craving for the creamy, buttery taste of Brie. You can get a package of five for $4.49, although we're thinking we might need to buy a couple bags based on how fast we'll eat them. Pair them with crackers, nuts, fruits—whichever your preference—and you're sure to have a savory, no-fuss snacking experience.
New Trader Joe's Products from September
Cinnamon Bun Spread
Like Trader Joe’s famous cookie butter, there’s no wrong way to use their new Cinnamon Bun Spread. According to TJ’s, it’s made with all the best parts of a cinnamon roll—in this case, that includes butter, ground cinnamon, and a dash of vanilla extract. This smooth spread is stored near the jams, and you can pick up a 10-ounce jar for $3.49 to spread on toast, waffles, pancakes, and anything else you can think of.
Maple Ginger Cookie Swirl Ice Cream
Trader Joe’s may have filled their shelves with pumpkin products for fall, but maple is steadily gaining ground. For $2.99, you can pick up a pint of their latest enticing ice cream flavor, Maple Ginger Cookie Swirl. Creamy maple ice cream is studded with pieces of Trader Joe’s Triple Ginger Cookies, complemented an additional swirl of maple throughout. Scoop it up with an extra ginger cookie on the side.
Simply Almond Beverage
We’ve seen almond milk on shelves at Trader Joe’s before, but never quite like this. Unlike some of their other almond milks that include extra ingredients for flavor or to prevent your “milk” from separating, TJ’s Simply Almond Beverage only has almonds and water. Plus, according to Trader Joe’s, this $4.99 addition to the dairy case has about four times as many almonds as other popular almond milks, meaning each 8-ounce cup packs in 4 grams of protein and 9 grams of fat.
Super Sour Scandinavian Swimmers
Trader Joe’s Scandinavian Swimmers have been around for years (since 2016, to be exact), and they’ve won over TJ’s fans with their cute sea creature shapes and soft, chewy texture. Now, you can find their brand new super sour counterpart on shelves for $2.99. They’re just like the gummies we already love, only with a tangy, mouth-puckering twist.
Autumn Maple Coffee
Not a fan of pumpkin spice in your coffee? Don’t despair, because Trader Joe’s new Autumn Maple Coffee tastes just like fall, minus the pumpkin. Each $7.99 bag is made with Arabica coffee beans grown in Central America, Colombia, and Brazil, enhanced by maple flavoring that comes from Vermont maple syrup. Take it to go in your travel mug, or enjoy a cup alongside your pancakes, waffles, or morning cereal.
Everything but the Bagel Greek-Style Yogurt Dip
Everything but the Bagel Seasoning fans, have we got news for you: Trader Joe's released a creamy Greek yogurt dip made with their iconic savory seasoning. Like the popular seasoning blend, this new product makes it totally acceptable to enjoy the flavors of an Everything bagel at any time of day. We could see ourselves dipping pita chips, crackers, veggies, and just about anything else we can find into this delicious dip. Plus, if you can't find it at your local Trader Joe's, it only has two ingredients, so it would be easy enough to create your own version with a carton of plain Greek yogurt and a few shakes of Everything but the Bagel Seasoning.
New Trader Joe's Products from August
Light Ice Cream
The last few weeks of summer call for ice cream, and Trader Joe’s is rising to the occasion with their new Light Ice Cream. Similar to Halo Top, each pint has at least 20 grams of protein and only about 400 calories. Keep an eye out for two different flavors: Chocolate Peanut Butter, which features milk chocolate ice cream with swirls of salty peanut butter, and Joe-Joe’s Cookies & Cream, which starts with vanilla ice cream, then mixes in crumbles of chocolatey Joe-Joe’s Cookies. Each pint is priced at just $2.99, so go ahead and treat yourself.
We know dessert hummus might sound a little out there, but, hey, we dedicated an episode of Extra Sweet to the idea—and we trust Trader Joe’s to find a way to also make it irresistible. Like any other hummus recipe, this one starts out with chickpeas and tahini, but instead of adding savory mix-ins, sugar and cocoa make it sweet and chocolatey. While we could probably just eat it by the spoonful, it also sounds perfect for dipping fruit slices, pretzel sticks, crackers, and anything else you can find. According to Trader Joe’s, you should be able to find it in their refrigerated deli cases for just $1.99, and we’re heading out now to stock up.
Organic Dutch Gouda Cheese
We’re always happy to hear about a new cheese to try, whether it arrives at Trader Joe’s or is one of Aldi’s new releases. To help make your last few summer cheese plates memorable and Instagram-worthy, Trader Joe’s is introducing Organic Dutch Gouda Cheese, which, you guessed it, is imported from the Netherlands. The flavor is supposed to be nutty with slight notes of caramel, and each package has been aged for at least 10 months. It’s hitting the cheese case now for $10.99 per pound, so make sure you grab some to enjoy with your last few glasses of rosé.
New Trader Joe's Products from July
Everything Ciabatta Rolls
We already love Trader Joe’s Everything Bagels and their Everything but the Bagel Seasoning, but now they’ve outdone themselves. Their new Everything Ciabatta Rolls are just as tender as other bakery ciabatta rolls, with the mouthwatering addition of sea salt, sesame seed, poppy seed, dried minced garlic, and dried minced onion on top. Trader Joe’s recommends using them to make yourself a summery Caprese sandwich, and we’re planning on turning them into a bacon and egg breakfast sandwich. You can find them in the bakery section for just $2.49 for four rolls. Just think of all the other sandwich possibilities!
Strawberry Greek Frozen Yogurt Parfait Bars
On a hot day, frozen yogurt (particularly frozen Greek yogurt) can be a healthier alternative to regular ice cream treats and bars. But Trader Joe’s latest creation is making them acceptable as a breakfast treat, too. Their new frozen yogurt bars are like a mash-up of traditional ice cream bars and a breakfast parfait. Each one is made with Greek yogurt, strawberry purée, and crunchy vanilla almond granola clusters, and it’s just $2.99 for a box. So that settles it—we’re having ice pops for breakfast this summer, and we’re stocking up on enough four-pack boxes to last us ‘til October.
Mac and Cheese Bites
Mac and Cheese Bites are back! Dedicated Trader Joe’s shoppers will recognize these ultra-cheesy apps from their initial debut in 2010, and they’ve sky-rocketed in popularity since then (making it all the more heart-breaking when TJ’s supplier couldn’t produce them anymore). But finally, the cheese bites are back, and they’re even better than before. The improved bites have a thinner, crispier panko breading, and the mac and cheese inside blends together a surprising number of cheeses: Cheddar, Havarti, Swiss, Gouda, cream cheese, Monterey Jack, and pecorino Romano are all included. You can find them in boxes of 10 for $3.99, and we’re adding at least five to our cart.
Crêpe Wafer Cookies
Trader Joe’s is just as good at creating sweet treats as they are savory ones, which is why we’re adding their new Crêpe Wafer Cookies to our gotta-taste list. They’re made in France, of course, and feature dozens of layers of buttery dough folded together and baked until crispy. According to TJ’s, they taste like a delicious cross between crêpes, croissants, and vanilla waffle cones. We’re envisioning them with a big bowl of ice cream and a chocolate drizzle, and for $2.49 per box, they’ll be easy to add to all of our frozen treats this summer.
Turmeric Ginger Coconut Beverage
Haven’t hopped on the golden milk trend yet? Now’s your chance to try it, because TJ’s is offering their own creation in 32-ounce cartons for $2.69. Their version is dairy-free, and it blends together coconut milk, honey, turmeric powder, ginger juice, cinnamon, and black pepper. You can pour yourself a cold glass or a steaming mug, or try adding to a latte as a milk substitute. Really, there’s not much this bright gold beverage can’t do—Trader Joe’s even has instructions on their site for turning it into a brilliant chia pudding.
New Trader Joe's Products from June
Lemon Peal Hard Lemonade
Summer is officially here, which means it’s time to start getting your poolside and patio sips in order. Along with canned wine and rosé, stock your fridge with Trader Joe’s new Lemon Peal, a malt beverage made with fresh lemon juice, cane sugar, and citric acid mixed in. According to TJ's, it's a little like vodka, but from malt, and the result is a deliciously fizzy drink. You can find them at any Trader Joe’s where beer is sold in six-packs for just $7.99—a great price for sharing with friends all summer long.
This week the grocery chain rolled out bunches of fresh peonies in their floral sections, and we can't wait to get our hands on a bucket full of these gorgeous blooms. Typically peonies are in bloom from late April through June, so we're guessing these won't be on shelves for long. If you are able to snag a bouquet, use our helpful tips to make your peonies last longer.
Cold Brew Coconut Cream Lattes
This dairy-free and vegan latte hit shelves on May 29, and already has rave reviews. The drink comes in two flavors—original and caramel spice—and is made with a blend of coconut cream, cane sugar, and cold brew coffee. The lattes are sold in 9-ounce cans for $1.99 each.
Ghost Chile BBQ Sauce
This ultra-spicy barbeque sauce is just what your next backyard summer barbeque needs. Made with ghost peppers, molasses, and spices, this sauce packs a punch but is sweet enough to appeal to taste buds of all kinds. A 19.2-ounce bottle is now available for just $2.69.
New Trader Joe's Products from May
Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups
Trader Joe's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are among customer favorites. But for peanut-butter avoiders, there wasn't an alternative until now. Cleverly, TJ's introduced its cousin: Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups. They're individually wrapped but sold in an 8-ounce tub for $3.99, so you can share—or savor by yourself—as many as you like.
Jerk-Style Plantain Chips
Trader Joe's seems to be on a snack kick just in time for summer. We're digging these spicy seasoned plantain chips. Allspice, garlic powder, cinnamon, coriander, nutmeg, and ginger are just the base—the real star is a hot red chile pepper powder that spice fans will love. The chips are cooked with sunflower oil and come in snack-size 6-ounce bags for less than $2.
Butterscotch Bits Chocolate Bars
This tasty chocolate treat gives butterscotch the attention it deserves. As a bonus, the chocolate bar is made with milk and dark chocolate swirled together so you don't have to choose between the two. The break-apart pieces make it easy to share—but who's doing that?
Spicy Avocado Hummus
This dip has all the traditional hummus taste and texture, joined by avocado and a little kick from jalapeño. Avocado seems to be a popular dip option at Trader Joe's, so if this one isn't your style, you can always try the Avocado Tzatziki Dip that came out earlier this year.
Milk Chocolate Caramel Crunch Medallions
When we saw these boxed cookies, we knew they were destined for our cart. These round wafers are made with Belgian milk chocolate and topped with sugared hazelnuts—plus a sweet, gooey caramel inside. If you like your coffee with hazelnut creamer, you'll love it with these cookies. Pick up a box of 18 cookies for $2.99.
New Trader Joe's Products from April
Tortilla Chips and Brussels Sprouts
These tortilla chips are made with powdered Brussels sprouts before being coated in seasonings (including garlic, onion, and parsley). We know that Brussels sprouts can draw a hard line in the sand for some people, but what intrigued us about these chips was their versatility. We can't wait to use them in our favorite nachos recipe.
While watermelon jerky sounds unusual, it's actually just watermelon that's been dehydrated. It’s vegan, naturally super-sweet, and you can pick up a bag for less than $4. The internet was going crazy for this watermelon jerky, so it’s no surprise that the first batch was off store shelves before mid-April. No worries! It should be back in June.
Neapolitan Joe-Joe's Ice Cream
Regular Neapolitan ice cream might become a thing of the past if Trader Joe's has anything to say about it. Rather than a basic combo of strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream, Trader Joe's version of this summer favorite combines vanilla and strawberry ice cream with a swirl of dark chocolate, fudge pieces, and pieces of Neapolitan Joe Joe cookies. According to their podcast, this new seasonal offering should hit the freezer section sometime in late spring or early summer (and we're already counting down the days).
Turmeric Ginger Coconut Beverage
Turmeric is in high demand at Trader Joe's, so the company decided to make their own version of trendy golden milk with this turmeric-infused drink. But as an added bonus, Trader Joe's version is going to be dairy-free, made with creamy coconut milk instead of dairy. Based on the name, it sounds like it'll have ginger flavors in the mix too. It should be coming in the next few months, and we're excited to try it in place of our morning coffee.
Patio Potato Chips
If you've ever stared down the potato chip aisle and been paralyzed by the sheer number of choices available, make sure you add this new potato chip mix to your TJ's list. Their new Patio Potato Chips will combine a variety of summer chip flavors (think salt and vinegar, BBQ, and dill) into one bag so you can snack on them all at once. For the more adventurous snackers out there, this is definitely the best way to try every flavor without shelling out for five different bags of chips.
New Trader Joe's Products from March
Candy Coated Chocolate Peanuts
These little 99-cent pouches are going to prove very dangerous to our snacking habit. Just like Trader Joe’s Candy Covered Chocolate Drops, these delicious chocolates are colored using natural materials like vegetables and herbs—not dyes. They’re about the size of other chocolate-covered peanut candies you’re familiar with and could easily become our favorite movie snack or trail mix addition.
Red Seedless Grape Slices
We aren’t new to the freeze-dried fruit scene, but seedless grapes were a surprise. It’s not that we're tired of apple, mango, or banana slices, we're just used to dried whole grapes (AKA raisins). When Trader Joe’s released these in early March, we were as fascinated as they say kids were during testing. The skins are still on the fruit, giving them a half-raisin appearance. They don’t have any other ingredients listed—meaning no sugar (or anything else) added. The options for these little bites are endless—on cereal, in a snack mix, and we really want to try them in a chicken salad sandwich. They come in a resealable pouch for just around $3.
Avocado Tzatziki Dip
In a test of do-avocados-really-make-everything-better, Trader Joe’s took a classic Mediterranean dish and gave it a twist. The classic is a Greek sauce made with yogurt, garlic, cucumber, and herbs. We like it on gyro-inspired nachos, which is exactly what we would do with the Trader Joe’s dip, too. Just be warned—the dip has jalapenos in it. Pick up a 12-ounce tub for just under $4.
Speaking of things that are trending, gnocchi is getting a lot of attention in and out of the frozen foods aisle at Trader Joe’s. Normally gnocchi is served with sauce and cheese on top, but for this frozen dish, Trader Joe’s put the toppings inside the pasta for an easy weeknight meal. Each 1-lb bag is just under $3. The gnocchi can be cooked on the stove or in the microwave, making them fast and affordable.
Exfoliant Bar and Foaming Hand Soap
Trader Joe’s isn’t the first place we think of for home goods, but we should know better. After all, the best item at Trader Joe’s isn’t in their grocery aisles. Long-time shoppers at Trader Joe’s know the oatmeal exfoliant bar is an oldie but a goodie from 2002. So what’s new? Two things: This French-inspired soap is now being made in France, and its packaging reflects its new authenticity by ditching the plastic for a more sustainable paper wrap. Trader Joe’s also released the newest seasonal foaming hand soap with a basil, jasmine, and bergamot fragrance, just in time for spring. Both products go for just under $3.
New Trader Joe's Products from February
Chili & Lime Flavored Rolled Corn Tortilla Chips
There are at least three things that make us interested in these: the spicy flavor, the shape, and the ingredients. The hot chili and lime flavored seasoning is paired with onion powder and vegetable juice, paprika, and turmeric for color. These tortilla chips are rolled, so they can be dipped, and would probably look cute on a mexican chicken tortilla soup. The fact they’re gluten-free is just an added bonus!
Ruby Cacao Wafers
Our excitement around pink chocolate is seriously unlimited. We already reported this is the first time pink chocolate is available in the U.S. The pink chocolate is made from ruby cocoa beans (hence, the name) and doesn’t contain any artificial coloring. Did we mention an entire bag is just $2.99?
Umami Seasoning Blend
Umami refers to the fifth taste (the other four are: Sour, sweet, salty, and bitter) and means “pleasant savory taste” in Japanese. You’ll love this special seasoning blend made from kosher salt, porcini and white button mushrooms, onion, mustard seed, red and black pepper, and thyme.
Toasted Sesame Dressing
Bring umami into your cooking a different way with this sesame dressing. Trader Joe’s says the dressing is inspired by Asia’s best-selling bottled salad dressing, made with toasted sesame oil, sunflower oil, soy sauce, and white vinegar. A pinch of brown sugar and black sesame seeds finish off the dressing.
Sprouted Wheat Sourdough Bread
Trader Joe’s is taking inspiration from the Bay Area to create this newly-released loaf. The sourdough starter comes from Northern California and contains sprouted wheat berries along with wheat and rye flours. This sourdough is also kosher-certified.
Related: Our Favorite Artisan Breads
New Trader Joe's Products from January
There are three new dressings coming to Trader Joe’s shelves this year, and our favorite by far is inspired by the wine-of-the-year: Rosé. From rosé parties to rosé recipes, we are seriously feeling the rosé love. The vinaigrette is actually made with rosé wine vinegar, plus some garlic, basil, oregano, sunflower oil, agave syrup, and red wine vinegar, and a 12-ounce bottle retails for $3.49. And, of course, you’ll want to pair it with a little rosé.
Vegan Crab Cakes
Jackfruit is a meat substitute you may have sampled in Trader Joe’s other meal-ready products like Yellow Jackfruit Curry with Jasmine Rice and Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches. The cakes are made with tapioca starch, potato, rice bran oil, cornstarch, green onions, and seasonings like celery salt and seed, cilantro, and paprika. A box of four crab-less Jackfruit Cakes is only $3.99.
Beer Bread Mix
This mix is ready to go, just add beer. The recipe encourages you to pour melted butter over the top before it goes in the oven. Butter and beer in a fresh baked, warm loaf of bread? Yes, please. The experienced bread mix maker might even add cheese or other flavorings to the dough before baking (those jalepenos look so good!) and experiment with different types of beer.
Related: More Baked Goods with Beer
Scented Candles at Trader Joe’s
Matt Sloan, vice president of marketing for Trader Joe’s, noted on the podcast that he was surprised how much positive feedback this product was getting, but we aren’t. We love a good candle, so we’re excited to see Trader Joe’s is dipping into scented candles, including a lemon-cookie scent expected to be on shelves early in the year. This holiday season you can pick up their gingerbread scent, both made with soy wax blends.
Joe Joe’s Slims
This product hit stores early, so you can actually find them on store shelves now—and we seriously can’t wait to eat them all through the year. These slim, creme sandwich cookies are called Joe Joe's Slims, and they rival a traditional milk-dunking cookie. They're almost too easy to drop into your shopping cart! We’re also keeping our eye on their gluten free cookies for new flavors throughout the year.
Mandarin Orange Chicken Bowl
Tara Miller, marketing director at Trader Joe’s, summed up why we'd love this new product in two words: “It’s done.” This pre-cooked meal includes mandarin orange chicken in a bowl of rice with vegetables. You put it in the microwave and you’re done. It sounds great for an emergency lunch at work, or when you’re just too exhausted to cook for dinner. They haven’t said when these will be in stores, but you know we’ll be waiting to get our hands on these as soon as possible.
Related: 15 One-Pan Dinner Recipes Under $3
Pimiento Cheese at Trader Joe’s
We're expecting a lot of changes in the dairy aisle, including three new cheeses highlighted on the podcast. Miller says in the podcast she’s not sure people outside the American South know about pimiento. Now folks everywhere can enjoy adding this cheese to their cooking repertoire. Use it to make these insanely delicious pimiento cheese poppers!
Shredded Unexpected Cheddar
“I love our Unexpected Cheddar, mostly because it’s unexpected," Miller said in the podcast. "It lives up to its name.” We totally agree, and in 2019, Trader Joe’s is adding a shredded version of their famous Unexpected Cheddar. Your cheese grater can retire in peace, because now your favorite cheddar can be used pre-shredded on tacos, salads, pasta, nachos and more. Add this shredded goodness to one of our favorite cheese ball recipes.
Spanish Cave-Aged Cheese
Sloan chose another new cheese to highlight on the podcast. We don't know the name yet, but he did share it’s basic profile: Spanish cheese, from La Mancha. It’s from the same area as another classic Spanish cheese, Manchego. It’s a mix of cow, sheep, and goat’s milk, which is then cave-aged for nine months, and you can expect to see it hit shelves in April. “I’m looking forward to making a grilled cheese with that for spring,” Sloan said on the podcast. Until then, we'll be catching up on the ultimate guide to cheese basics to prepare ourselves.